The Elections Commission declared Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) presidential candidate, Gotabaya Rajapaksa, as the new President.
Elections Commission Chairman, Mahinda Deshapriya, formally announced that Gotabaya was the winner of the 2019 Sri Lankan Presidential election. Gotabaya secured 52% of the vote with a total of 6,924,255 votes. The SLPP said that Gotabaya will take his oaths tomorrow in Anuradhapura.
Gotabaya, Sri Lanka's former Defence Secretary and accused war criminal, who oversaw the military offensive during the final phase of the armed conflict, has continuously rejected the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) resolution on accountability for mass atrocities.